A new exhibit takes a deep dive into the natural world

Andrews’ Labor Government is holding another cutting-edge exhibition in Victoria, with Tyama: a deeper sense of knowledge bringing an immersive exploration of First Peoples knowledge and the wonders of nature.

Taking over the 1,000 square meter Touring Hall from the Melbourne Museum, Tyama– pronounced “Chah-muh”, the Keerray Woorroong language word for “know” – combines large-scale multimedia projections with wildlife from Museums Victoria’s collections and spellbinding soundscapes.

Developed in collaboration with knowledge holders Keerray Woorroong Yoolongteeyt Dr Vicki Couzens and Yaraan Bundle, Tyama incorporates First Peoples storytelling to convey the connection between land, language and culture.

Through immersive and interactive digital technology, visitors will be able to navigate nocturnal worlds and experience stories told from the perspective of the creatures with whom we share the sky, sea and land.

By reawakening visitors’ connection with nature, Tyama also provides insight into how Australia’s First Peoples continue to relate to the natural world.

The exhibitionopens as the Melbourne Museum enjoys a huge year of new exhibits and attractions, including the record Triceratops: the fate of the dinosaurs exposure, Open Horizons: Travels and Connections to Ancient Greece which runs until August 14, and the new Gandel Gondwana Garden is set to open later in 2022.

These offerings have seen visitors flock to the Melbourne Museum, contributing to the cultural reactivation of the city and its visitor economy.

Tyama: a deeper sense of knowledgewill be on display from July 22, 2022 to January 29, 2023 at the Melbourne Museum. For tickets and more information, visit museumsvictoria.com.au.

As Creative Industries Minister Steve Dimopoulos said

“This amazing exhibit is a profound way for Victorians to gain a deeper understanding of First Peoples knowledge and their connection to nature, while exploring their own connection to the natural world.”

“From ancient Greece to ancient dinosaurs, Melbourne is home to some of the most extraordinary museum experiences in the world and Tyama will add another exciting exhibit to Victoria’s must-see attractions.”

As stated by Lynley Crosswell, CEO and Director of Museums Victoria

“Informed by First Peoples knowledge, Tyama is a multi-sensory nature experience that reimagines what a museum exhibit can be, using new perspectives to deepen our connection to the natural world.”

As stated by Yoolongteeyt Dr. Vicki Couzens

“I hope people will be inspired to realize that every rock, insect, plant, person has a place in nature. That being part of the country is being part of a big family and we all have a responsibility to take care of our family – our country.

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James C. Tibbs